What is the injustice we are solving?
In our overall mission to end educational disadvantage, Project Rousseau students will help prepare middle schoolers from low income communities for the SH SAT (the test of the specialized high schools in New York).
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of educational disadvantage among low-income communities
we will address support middle schoolers in their preparation for the SH SAT.
by running a boot camp to help them to realize their potential in this exam.
Our Project Plan:
- To facilitate to a boot camp to increase the chances of at least 5 middle school students in gaining places at specialized high schools
- To create a blueprint for future bootcamps.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
We will listen to student needs and assess the areas of the test with which they need most support, while also supporting them in their other non-academic needs during their preparation. This includes providing food for them during the bootcamp, and enabling their transport to get to the prep sessions for the test.
How will you show courage?
Project Rousseau staff and high school students will dedicate time and resources to helping students in whatever way is most helpful to them - prep classes, one-to-one tuition, online support etc. - to ensure they score as well as they possibly can.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will talk to middle schoolers' teachers about students' needs before the boot camp, and work closely with Project Rousseau's SAT tutors to share resources and knowledge before we teach the course.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
By measuring the improvements in students' scores, we will identify areas where more work is needed. We will gather student exit slips and feedback on classes so we can improve during the rest of the bootcamp. Ultimately we will see in the results of the middle schoolers' applications how successful we have been and what further work will be required next year.
- We will organize dates and location for an SHSAT bootcamp.
- We will gather resources and plan lessons for the bootcamp.
- We will evaluate student success and improvements in test scores.